18 thoughts on “SF Bay Area Tropical Fruit Tree Experiment – Joe’s Fruit Garden

    Michael Trinh

    (November 1, 2016 - 4:48 pm)

    Where do you buy your fruit trees at, I live in San Jose. Haven't a hard time finding a place that sales tropical fruit trees. Thanks!

    TheVoiceofReason 1

    (November 1, 2016 - 4:48 pm)

    I see you are a fellow plant-a-gram addict! I am psyched about my Imbe, acha chiuru, and many others, personally. I bought a pitomba after seeing your other video, among various others. Great taste in trees. Is that a sweet potato patch in between the papaya and mango at the end?


    (November 1, 2016 - 4:48 pm)

    Hi, great video making, I enjoyed it a lot, and the ones about pitomba and grumixama. I live in a 9b climate zone too, but at Argentina, and I am experimenting almost the same species as you but, as I live in the city, the frosts are not really hard here, -3º C in some winters. All in all, I planted some frost tender species as grumixama, cerdar bay cherry, jaboticaba coronata, paulista and sabará, tropical guava (proven tu survive very well), pacurí (garcinia brasilensis), macadamia, longan (not a single problem during the last winter), uvaia, chamba (campomanesia lineatifolia), inga marginata, guabiroba (c. xanthocarpa), psidium guyanense, psidium guineense, psidium australe, biribá, myrciaria spp, chachafruto (erithryna edulis), black sapote, eugenia lutescens, e. involucrata and some others that proved to survive very well as for instance sete capotes, pitanga, guaviyú, feijoa, eugenia repanda. I hope you keep coming with new videos, and maybe we can trade seeds.

    By the way, we are doing a Food Forest at a true 9b climate (temps can be as lower as -6º C in winter) in the open fields, and avocadoes survived fine near big trees in an humid spot, also tropical guavas, myrciaria spp., and chamba.

    subtropical fruitgrower

    (November 1, 2016 - 4:48 pm)

    i am really glad that you made a video on tropical fruit trees in the bay area. Nursery and big box stores are carrying a lot of exotic trees now. I live in Oakley Ca zone 9B and it get really hot in this area. This year I try growing Angie mango, Manila mango, white guava, pink guava, strawberry guava, emperor lychee, Kohala longan, sapote, ice cream banana, solo papaya, etc. I am looking forward to your updated video. Next year, I am considering making my own bay area youtube channel once my fruit trees are fully establish.


    (November 1, 2016 - 4:48 pm)

    Good work Joe. The books are written by the people that do the planting not by the people who plant by the book. Bill

    Si Duong

    (November 1, 2016 - 4:48 pm)

    I live in Hayward and I also have a few tropical fruit trees and they are doing great.

    I have a Kohola Longan in ground and it survived last winter.

    I also have 2 Sapodilla (Makok and Prolific Variety). They also survived but few young tips died back. This year my Makok Sapodilla has lot of flowers and I hand pollinated them. I hope I will get some fruits.

    I've been spending lot of money for those plants.

    Joe, I am so happy to find someone have the same hobby. Congratulation with all your plants. They look so healthy. Keep up your good work.

    Vu Phong Nguyen

    (November 1, 2016 - 4:48 pm)

    I'm a few years behind you all as I just started 10-15 tropicals in Livermore. What is the best nursery locally in the Bay Area to obtain these trees? Any insight into your favorite nurseries is greatly appreciated! Good luck I look fw to seeing more of your videos!

    Itay Gazit

    (November 1, 2016 - 4:48 pm)

    Hey Joe,
    Looks great!
    I live 10min away (Cambrian San-Jose).
    I am doing experiment as well: Emperor lychee, Keitt Mango, Pitangatuba(thanks to Adam), Acerola, Dwarf Acerola, Moringa, Katuk, Dwarf Namwah Banana.
    I will protect some of them for one winter in a greenhouse.
    Crossing fingers

    Bryan Rezendez

    (November 1, 2016 - 4:48 pm)

    Hey Joe good work! If you arn't already aware you should look up Plant Abundance, Green Garden Guy1 or Vegan Athlete channels. A few you should try that i didnt hear you mention are citrus, jujubee, pawpaw, loquat and pomegranate.

    suma rao

    (November 1, 2016 - 4:48 pm)

    I live in San Ramon, I am trying the experiment with the same plants in my backyard. I have a couple of jackfruit's and lychee plants too. My Banana plant is 3 years old now. It goes dormant in winter but comes back in spring. It doesn't need protection or mulching. Looking forward to your update video. Please let us know how you plan to prepare for winter. Additional plants I am trying are Cashew nut, mornings, tropical guava, Couple of tropical herbs.

    Michele Stracagnolo

    (November 1, 2016 - 4:48 pm)

    no avocados? no guavas? tamarind?

    Stuart Daly

    (November 1, 2016 - 4:48 pm)

    Really cool. Love the perspective the drone flyover gives!

    Kyle Davis

    (November 1, 2016 - 4:48 pm)

    Good stuff Joe!! I look forward to watching your progress.

    Jason Sutor

    (November 1, 2016 - 4:48 pm)

    Great zone pushing. Some crfg members in the bay area have tried some of these and failed but maybe you'll be lucky. Look forward to your updates

    Harvey Correia

    (November 1, 2016 - 4:48 pm)

    Very well done, Joe, good luck! Almost thought I would get the chance to pick some Sweetheart lychee this year but they dropped off again like in years past. :(

    Flying Fox Fruits

    (November 1, 2016 - 4:48 pm)

    superb video and collection, looking forward to the next one!

    D Dup

    (November 1, 2016 - 4:48 pm)

    Nice job. I'm heading down that rabbit hole myself. Good to have someone guide the way


    (November 1, 2016 - 4:48 pm)

    nice video !! really enjoy it ! keep us update in the forum

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